Ex-Aussie Star Gary Gilmour Dies, Aged 62

Updated: 10 June 2014 13:45 IST

Gary Gilmour took 6 for 14 in the World Cup semi-final against England at Headingley in June 1975. In 2002, Wisden listed it as the greatest bowling performance in ODI history.

Ex-Aussie Star Gary Gilmour Dies, Aged 62

Former Australian all-rounder Gary Gilmour has passed away at the age of 62. He died at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after battling health problems for several years. Gilmour, who played 15 Tests for Australia, had a liver transplant in 2005.

Gilmour was a left-arm swing bowler. His took 6 for 14 in the World Cup semi-final against England at Headingley in June 1975. In 2002, Wisden listed it as the greatest bowling performance in ODI history. Gilmour played Tests for Australia between 1973 and 1977.

It's been a tragic time for the Gilmour family. According to the Aussie media, Gilmour's wife, Helen, and their family are also mourning the recent death of their son, Clint, after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 33.

Gilmour's former Test captain and friend Ian Chappell paid tribute to him on Tuesday. "He was at the front of the queue when they were handing out talent, but unfortunately he was right at the back of the queue when they handed out health and good luck," Chappell was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.

"He had unbelievable ability and I think that was best summed up by his performance in the (1975) World Cup semi-final at Headingley. We were desperate to win that game, not just because it was England, our great rivals. But they didn't think we could play one-day cricket.

"Gus swung the ball all over the place, and then he got us home with the bat. I can still remember the headline the next day. It was a huge photo of him and 'Gary Glitter' was the headline. It was incredible performance in such a big game."

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